2K is bringing back a serious blast from the
past, Colonization from 1994. Under the name Civilization IV:
Colonization, the game will use the Civilization IV Gamebryo engine
which means low hardware demands and a lot of strategic thinking. The
game features several nations to colonize and manage, but the basic
premise remains the same: pick your race, territory and begin to create
PC and Xbox 360 gamers have typically stayed on
their respective platforms, but an upcoming MMO game from Take-Two
Interactive promises to change all that. he future of entertainment
lies in crossover titles that join gaming platforms together. If there
was any doubt, take a look at latest title from developers of
well-known City of Heroes/City of Villains MMO series.
Opinion – Earlier this week, Microsoft and Netflix announced that movie
streaming will be coming to the Xbox 360. This could be a big deal. But
if you are really interested in watching Netflix content on your Xbox,
you don’t have to wait and you don’t have to pay twice. If you have an
Xbox 360 and a Windows Vista PC, you have everything you need to stream
Netflix movies already.
World of Warcraft players now have some extra tools to help
them put down their virtual crack pipes. Yesterday, an update to WoW
added time displays and alarms that warn players when they have
exceeded their allotted playing time. Unfortunately, or fortunately
for truly addicted players, the alarms have no real consequences
because they are a simple ‘DING’ sound and some optional text.
The game console market is getting more interesting: Following
Microsoft’s time-limited price cut of the Xbox 360 Premium, Sony has
announced an upgrade of its 40 GB console to 80 GB, which could be
interpreted as a permanent price cut of the flagship 80 GB Playstation
3, despite the loss of PS2 compatibility. The decision between an Xbox
360 and a PS3 is now much less a question of cost, but a question of
how much the Xbox’ entertainment features or the PS3’s Blu-ray drive
are worth to you.
Nintendo literally rocked the house at their E3
press conference with music, games and even some stuffy business apps
for the DS handheld. In what has become a typical E3 scene, Nintendo
President Satoru Iwata and legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto
were treated as the demigods of the gaming industry by the audience at
the Kodak Theater in Hollywood California. The pair, along with
Nintendo of America’s President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime, slammed home
the message that Nintendo, the Wii and the DS aren’t fads and they
certainly have the marketing numbers to prove it.
We have our doubts about Microsoft’s Xbox 360 strategy, which, in our
opinion, lacks focus. But we cannot deny that the company has just made
a brilliant move. Top-level Xbox Live subscribers, who are also Netflix
subscribers, will be able to stream Netflix content through the console
with no additional cost. Well, at least sort of. Could the Xbox 360
become what the Windows Media Center PC should have been? Absolutely.
Microsoft says its Xbox 360 will eventually outsell both the
PlayStation 3 globally. Speaking at its Xbox press conference at the
E3 gaming conference, Microsoft’s senior vice president of
entertainment, Don Mattrick, said the Xbox 360 hardware was in
“fantastic shape”. He touted the consoles impressive installed base in
the United States and made an interesting prediction.
E3 has always been the venue of dueling press
conferences and announcements and Nintendo has drawn first blood.
While reporters were waiting to enter the Microsoft press conference,
Nintendo announced that it will be releasing an accessory for their
Wiimote controller that will enhance its tracking and sensitivity.
There is lots of talk about Apple’s new App Store and there are
indications that software for the iPhone could become what iTunes has
become for the iPod: Not only a promotional tool to drive hardware
sales, but a platform that brings in lots of extra dollars. Those 500
applications available today (if you were lucky enough to activate your
fancy new iPhone) are what most of us would call clean and
conservative. But the adult film industry isn’t sleeping: Market leader
Digital Playground is the first major studio to announce that “steamy”
content can now be delivered right to your iPhone.
Microsoft will take the wraps off DirectX 11 at its annual XNA
Gamefest, which is scheduled to take place on July 22 and 23 in
Seattle, TG Daily has learned.
Sure the Nintendo Wii massively outsells the Xbox 360
every month, but a Microsoft director says the Wii isn’t a direct
competitor. Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft’s director of product
management for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, told Gamasutra that the Sony
PlayStation 3 is the arch nemesis of the 360. He added that the 360
had more hard core hardware, something that gamers would graduate to
from the Nintendo Wii.
Real Networks relaunched its Rhapsody music store and follows the
general trend of leaving DRM copy protection behind. But Rhapsody has a
few other new features as well – such as a full-length preview of songs
as well as iTunes and cellphone compatibility.